Have library card, will travel…

I am back this summer for holidays in New York, which means … I am putting my long-dormant library card to excellent use. I know, I know. It’s usually the City that never sleeps. Or Sex in the City. Or Shop ’til you drop. But to each, his own. When I’m back in the Big…

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Enjoying the passeggiata in Rieti

I’ve already written about the hillside town of Rieti, in the north of Italy’s Lazio region. You can read my earlier post here and learn how Rieti claims to be the town at the center of Italy. My younger son does track and field, and runs for Rieti’s team. Although he trains in Rome, we…

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Book review: The Hunting Party

I picked this novel up after having read good reviews about it. I liked the idea of a murder mystery set in a remote Scottish hunting lodge, cut off from civilization during a blizzard. This novel started off very well, and kept me quickly turning the pages. Nine old friends – most of them classmates…

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Beach bumming in Bidart

I’ve already written about a great family holiday in France’s Pays basque, and specifically, in the coastal town of Guethary. While there, we would often spend at least part of the day beachside. One of the beaches we visited most frequently was the large, sandy beach neighboring Guethary – in Bidart. We loved battling the…

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Book review: Crazy Rich Asians

Recently, I’ve been reading books I first encountered as movies. Admittedly, if they’re not classics, I’m usually not in a rush to read the novel of a film I’ve seen. However, in the case of Crazy Rich Asians, I’m very pleased I did. I took my kids to see the film when it came out…

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The playgrounds of NY’s Central Park

My kids are “too old” for them now, but over the years, we have spent countless hours in the playgrounds of New York’s Central Park. If you are visiting the Big Apple with kids, I highly recommend that you plan some stops in these well organized playgrounds to get the energy out. Or, if you’re…

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